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Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

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If you’re in a pinch for a simple cake recipe, try this Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake.

You’ll love the full flavour of this moist cake with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar and pure vanilla.

You’re probably wondering why it’s called a coffee cake when there is no coffee in the cake.

I didn’t understand it either when I first learned about a coffee cake, but I think of it as a snack cake.

You’ll get a small piece of cake instead of a whopping big slice. However, you’re free to eat the entire pan or cut portions as you see fit.

The best part is that this coffee cake uses only 10 pantry staples ingredients in most kitchens.

Let me show you how I made this easy coffee cake recipe.

  
Simple 10 Ingredient Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
Simple 10 Ingredient Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Sizes

I don’t always have a cake in the freezer unless it’s my banana loaf or date squares.

It means they are MINE, so no one else eats them but me and the odd guest.

Unfortunately, my wife isn’t a fan of cakes unless they are keto or low carb, but she loves the smell.

I freeze my baked goods, so I don’t eat them all because I have a sweet tooth.

Although you should eat this apple cinnamon coffee cake within a couple of days.

The apple cinnamon coffee cake is made in a 9×9 baking pan.

Although, you can double the recipe and use a larger baking pan as described below in the infographic.

Typically, if we go to a gathering, I will make a larger pan based on the number of guests.

This cake also doubles as a great lunchbox snack cake to send with children to school or take to work.

After school, our son plays at the park, and one of the daycare moms had this cinnamon swirl cake.

She told me that the kids love this cake, and it’s budget-friendly since there are not many ingredients.

When I heard her say the word budget, I knew this was the type of cake I’d enjoy after dinner.

How To Make Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

How to Make a Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
How to Make a Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Ingredient List For Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Tools To Make The Cake

  • Large mixing bowl
  • 9×9 baking pan
  • Spatula
  • Mixing Spoon
  • Parchment Paper to line the baking pan
  • Butter to grease the baking pan
  • Cutting board
  • Knife to cut the apple

10 Ingredient List For Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

  • 1 large red apple is peeled and cubed to be folded into the batter at the end.
  • 1 large egg
  • Pinch of salt
  • ½ cup of white sugar
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 11/4 cups of white granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¾ cup of whole milk or 2% milk
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Variations Of Baking Pans And Substitutes

I’m horrible with baking pans, so I use hacks such as this baking pan chart below.

Over at the Crazy For Crust website, Dorothy created this chart of substitute baking pans.

Everyone needs to print or save the chart as it is a beautiful reference guide for bakers.

Head over to her website to check out her new cookbook (not an affiliate), Crazy for Cookies, Brownies & Bars.

Baking Pan Variations and substitutes
Baking Pan Variations and substitutes

How To Make Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

How To Make Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake
How To Make Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180C), then grease and line a 9×9 parchment-lined baking pan.

I use a large baking bowl and mix all of the ingredients apart from the apple in 3 steps.

Step 1

First, I add all of the wet ingredients, oil, egg, and white sugar, then mix for a minute until combined.

Step 2

Add all the dry ingredients into the bowl of mixed wet ingredients and mix for a minute until combined.

Step 3

Lastly, I fold the apple chunks into the batter and pour them into a greased 9×9 parchment paper-lined baking pan.

Optional

Before putting the cake in a 350-degree preheated oven, I sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top to give it a cinnamon bun cake look.

Baking Time

Bake the cake for 30 mins or test the middle of the cake with a toothpick at 25 minutes.

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cut Into Snack Size Portions
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake Cut Into Snack Size Portions

Other Cake Topping Options

Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake With A Dollop of Greek Yogurt Over The Top
Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake With A Dollop of Greek Yogurt Over The Top

I probably could have called this a cinnamon apple fritter cake, but that’s the flavour profile to expect.

When the cake was ready, I cut snack-size pieces and added a dollop of Greek Yogurt over the top.

If you want to get gooey, go ahead and poke holes in the apple cinnamon cake.

Make a simple and super easy homemade caramel sauce.

Drizzle part of the hot caramel over the apple cinnamon cake, so it permeates the poke holes.

Wait a few minutes and repeat the process with the other half once the caramel. Delicious.

Another popular option is to drizzle vanilla glaze or add a buttercream frosting as you would with cinnamon buns.

Related: The Best Frosted Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Lastly, you could sprinkle chopped walnuts over the top of the frosting or caramel to add texture.

The Printable Recipe Card is below.

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Yield: 12 Portions

Simple Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Easy Apple Snack Cake

Easy Apple Cinnamon Coffee Cake with optional toppings such as Greek Yogurt, Frosting, Glaze, homemade Caramel and Walnuts.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large red apple peeled and cubed small (add at the end of the recipe once the batter is made)
  • • 1 large egg
  • • Pinch of salt
  • • ½ cup of white sugar
  • • 2 tablespoons avocado oil
  • • 1 tablespoon of pure vanilla extract
  • • 11/4 cups of white granulated sugar
  • • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • • ¾ cup of whole milk or 2% milk
  • • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees (180C), then grease and line a 9x9 parchment-lined baking pan.
  2. I use a large baking bowl and mix all of the ingredients apart from the apple in 3 steps
  3. First, I add all of the wet ingredients, oil, egg, and white sugar, then mix for a minute
    until combined.
  4. Add all the dry ingredients into the bowl of mixed wet ingredients and mix for a minute
    until combined.
  5. Lastly, I fold the apple chunks into the batter and pour them into a greased 9x9 parchment paper-lined baking pan.
  6. Before putting the cake in a 350-degree preheated oven, I sprinkle cinnamon sugar over the top to give it a cinnamon bun cake look.
  7. Bake the cake for 25 to 30 mins or until the edges, are browned or test the middle of the cake with a toothpick.

Notes

  • I cut snack-size pieces and added a Greek yogurt dollop over the top when the cake was ready.
  • If you want to get gooey, go ahead and poke holes in the apple cinnamon cake.
    Make a simple and super easy homemade caramel sauce.
  • Drizzle part of the hot caramel over the apple cinnamon cake, so it permeates the poke holes.
  • Wait a few minutes and repeat the process with the other half once the caramel. Delicious.
  • Another popular option is to drizzle vanilla glaze or add a buttercream frosting as you would with cinnamon buns.

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